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Have you ever thought about how difficult it is to play soccer? People think that it is a simple sport in which to be a good player all you need to do is run around the field and kick the ball. Soccer is a much more complex game. It is a sport that requires lots of practice in order to be a good player. Soccer takes time, dedication and responsibility. There are many players considered to be “born with the talent to play”, like Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, those players, like many others conquered all what they have today by being extremely dedicated to the sport and by always training hard.

Soccer is a game that involves lots of skill. Not just footwork or ball control, but also being mentally prepared and willing to do your best. Some of those skills include:

• Rules – understanding the rules of the game is the most important thing before playing it. The knowledge of what is right or wrong is the key to the success in soccer. It is a game where details matter a lot.

• Ball control – first thing to be noticed is if you are good in controlling the ball. Even though a player has a great skill in dealing with the ball, practice is always needed to maintain and improve them. If a player lacks from those skills, then definitely practice is much more required with much harder work. The manipulation of the ball is a hard skill and is not fast to learn, it takes a long time to improve soccer skills. Ball control does not mean just using your legs, it involves the whole body. A player must be able to head the ball, and use the whole body, except hands, which can only be used by the keeper.

• Fitness – Soccer is a sport that requires much more running than other sports. It is important to be in a good shape to be a soccer player. All the running that you do during the game is exhaustive. In order to keep a great endurance and to perform their best throughout the whole game players must be in great shape. Nowadays, fitness is becoming more important than never to be a soccer player. For instance, a professional player runs about seven miles a game.

• Formation and Positioning- Formation varies a lot between teams and coaches. It consists on the way a determined team plays the game. There are lots of different types of formation. Normally, coaches choose the ones that they consider to be the best fit for their team based on which players they have. A good player should be able to play in any kind of formation. Thus, it is important to be knowledgeable about every formation, what is the role in the game and where to be positioned in the field. Positioning is crucial for the formation. Players must know where to be positioned according to the team’s formation. If a player fails to be in his/her correct position, the whole game can be negatively impacted.

Those are a few of the most important skills that a good soccer player is required to know. Soccer is a complex game, but once learned it is not impossible to become a high-level/professional player. However, it does not only depend on the overall understanding of the game, but also on the player’s effort. Soccer practices are never enough, so put your cleats on, get a ball, and get into the field!

Essential principles of soccer are best learned at an early age. Certainly one of the most critical concepts is passing. If you want to facilitate this practice, a parent or a soccer trainer, needs to undertake and invoke basic soccer drills for kids as soon as possible in the players growth. The coach or trainer must realize the goal is to make each practice fun and full of workouts that are fun and practical for the kids, making certain that they learn something new each time. The soccer drill referred to below includes key passing fundamentals and offers a fun way to keep score and make it competitive.

Criss Cross Keep Away is a soccer drill designed to engage younger soccer players. It is good for u6, u8, u10, and even u12 age levels. The drill concentrates on passing, receiving, and paying attention. It calls for a minimum of eight players and two soccer balls.

To set up, group the players into two squads of four players and divide each team into two lines of two participants. As an example you will have Team 1 with lines A & B and Team 2 with lines A & B. Four cones or discs are are set up in a 15 x 15 yard square. Each squad places one of the lines on the corner of the square so that each team’s line is diagonal from each other. The first player from one of the lines on each team starts with a ball.

On the whistle the participant from each team with the ball makes a pass across the square to the initial person in the other line (on their own team). As soon as the player makes the pass, they follow their pass through the square to the other line. As they run through the square they need to pay attention to the other line and try to intercept their pass whenever possible. The players running through the box are not allowed to stop or go backwards. It is very important for the player who will be making the pass to take notice so their passes are not intercepted. The squad that intercepts the pass and kicks it out of the box gets the point for that round.

This is a terrific soccer passing drill due to the fact it teaches kids to take note of where they are passing the ball. Ball possession is so key to the game and this soccer drill may help kids learn the value of passing with their head up as opposed to just kicking it wherever.

Game Development is a very broad process which involves game developers, analysts, testers and above all the publishers. It can be classified into two groups on the basis of how they are developed.

  • Mainstream
  • Independent

Mainstream games are normally funded by publishers and take several months to complete. On other hand Indie games are developed by individual developers and can be completed in small amount of time.

The first video games were developed way back in 1960s. They were meant only for mainframe computers and that’s why they weren’t available for general public. Following are some games developed in 1950s and 1960s.

  • OXO – by Alexander S. Douglas in 1952.
  • Tennis for Two – by Willy Higinbotham in 1958.
  • Spacewar – by group of MIT students in 1961.

Commercial development of games began in the 1970 and the first game “computer space” was programmed and sold in 1971. It was a coin operated video game which was displayed on a black and white television.

The second generation of consoles ran on microprocessor and the first game developed was “Fairchild Channel F in 1976”. Home based computers were introduced which saw an increase in development of games as it allowed individual programmers to program different games. The first ever home based video games were Zork, Baseball, Air Warrior, and Adventure.

With increase in the efficiency of a computer system, its processing power and graphical capabilities many large firms were now marketing and developing games at their ends.

Game Development is actually a Software development process which combines art, audio and gameplay. Developing games takes slightly different way and normally it doesn’t follow Waterfall model of Software Development Life Cycle.

Agile Methodology is often used to develop games. It gives a solid platform which makes a game efficient and bug free. It’s mainly based on iterative process and a constant feedback system is there which rolls back any errors or shortcomings in the beginning of development phase.

Video Game Development is one of the most evolving and ever-increasing industry. The industry revenue has increased at least five fold since the 1990s. The major factor behind this success is the development of third generation of consoles which are popular in every household.

Following are some of the best Game Publishers:

  • Take Two Interactive
  • Nintendo
  • Capcom
  • Microsoft
  • Electronic Arts
  • Activision Blizzard
  • Sony
  • Square Enix
  • Sega
  • Ubisoft

Gaming Industry is very competitive and unstable. It requires a lot of hard work, passion, dedication and skills if anybody wants to survive in this industry.

Land of Champions

Universally famous for its talented footballers, the South American republic of Uruguay will compete in the men’s Olympian soccer championship in the Briton capital of London in July and August 2012, after a 84-year absence in the Olympiad. Along with Brazil and the host country, it is one of the “heavy-favorites” to win the crown in the multi-sport event, an Olympic title won by Pedro Cea and his fellow Uruguayans in the 1920s (a couple of years prior to winning the Inaugural World Cup). Curiously enough Uruguay would have won more medals, but in the middle of the 1970s it refused to attend the Montreal Games and then an international boycott deprived the country of the opportunity of making an Olympian appearance in the former Soviet republic of Russia.

Olympic History

By mid-1924, the national side left Montevideo (country’s capital city) for Paris to attend the Games of the VIII Olympiad. There, with passion and discipline, Uruguay’s team made headline news across the world when it was the champion in the men’s football tournament, ahead of Switzerland ( silver) and Sweden (bronze). In the meantime, it also became the first non-European team to receive the global title. Uruguay’s roster included footballers such as Andres Mazali, Pedro Arispe, Jose Vidal, Santos Urdinaran, Pedro Petrone, Angel Romano, Umberto Tomasina, Alfredo Zibechi, Jose Nasazzi, Jose Leandro Andrade, Alfredo Ghierra, Hector Scarone, Pedro Cea, Jose Naya,Pedro Casella, Luis Chiappara, Pedro Etchegoyen, Zoilo Saldombide, Pascual Somma, Fermin Uriarte, Pedro Zingone, and Antonio Urdinaran.

In the wake of its triumph in Western Europe, they were received as national heroes in their homeland country, at that time one of the most prosperous nations in the Spanish-speaking world.Over the years that followed, the peaceful republic of Uruguay was able to defend successfully its global trophy, gaining the admiration and respect of the world.

In the pre-Olympic year 1927, the Football Continental Cup had been won by the Argentine side after their win over Uruguay. Nonetheless, shortly after, these results changed in the Summer Olympics in the Netherlands. In a South American duel, the Uruguayan squad came first in the Olympiad upon their historic victory over Argentina 2-1 in the gold-medal match. Prior to the finals, the host nation and Germany were eliminated by the Uruguayan side. In Amsterdam (Holland), the Olympian winners were Andres Mazali, Pedro Arispe, Lorenzo Fernandez, Antonio Campolo, Pedro Petrone, Santos Urdinaran, Hector Scarone, Juan Arremon, Roberto Figueroa, Jose Nasazzi, Jose Leandro Andrade, Alvaro Gestido, Pedro Cea, Hector Castro, Adhemar Canavesi, Juan Piriz, and, Juan Peregrino Anselmo, Venancio Bartibas, Fausto Batignani, Domingo Tejera, Angel Melogno, and Rene Borjas.

Without Olympic Medals

During the 1930s and 1950s, the country’s squad earned the FIFA Cup twice; the last time with a stunning win against the host nation in Rio de Janeiro. As well as being world champion and nine-time winner of the South American contest, they also earned five Intercontinental events, eight Libertadores cups, seven Junior Continental championships (1954-1981), and one gold medal in the 1983 Pan American Sports Games (by defeating Brazil in the semis). It was really interesting. Yet despite these global achievements, the country’s sportsmen could not compete for the Summer Olympic Games.

The Return of Uruguay

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, tiny Uruguay had been plagued by political violence, financial crisis (budget deficits), mismanagement, and other social problems. But Uruguay’s nightmares did not stop. Additionally, this former Spaniard colony, once called “the Switzerland of the Americas”, began a war against rebel groups. But these problems came to a head when the nation’s anti-Marxist Head of State Juan Maria Bordaberry was overthrown in a coup in the latter half of the 70s. Soon afterwards, a heavy-handed military rule was installed for a 11-year period. As a consequence of this atmosphere, sport was gradually losing its status. Over the next few years, thousands of soccer players had been forced to play outside Uruguay, mainly in Argentina and Western Europe. Meanwhile, the country’s teams also had hurdles to make trips abroad.

Uruguay’s football – often referred to as one of the world’s finest squads– apparently appeared to emerge from its crisis in 1976. In February of that year, after some early successes in the Continental Tournament on Brazil’s northern coast, the national side gained a berth at the Montreal Games following a 48-year period of decline. During these decades, astonishingly there were not Uruguayan squads in the Summer Games, being defeated by Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and Paraguay in the Continental Olympic Qualification tournaments.

Nevertheless, the 1976 team inexplicably declined to go to Quebec, Canada, losing an important chance to capture one of the three Olympian medals in the amateur event. Later that year, the men’s football team failed to qualify for the FIFA World Tournament for the first time. Over the following period, soccer continued to face many obstacles: Prior to participating in the 1980 U.S.-led boycott of the Moscow Olympics because of its complex relationship with the Soviet Bloc, the country’s sports officials refused to compete in the Pre-Olympic Cup in Colombia, which gave Olympian tickets to South America. During this same period, Uruguay’s participation in the VIII Pan American Sports Games was suspended despite being the winner of the 1979 Junior Continental event.

The authoritarian government was brought to a close in 1985 when Julio Maria Sanguinetti won the multi-party polls. During the decades that followed, Uruguay’s democratic society began a new period with good news in many aspects.

Traditionally, South America is the “big favorite” in the Olympic championships. By 1988, Brazil assembled a squad of top footballers such as Romario, Bebeto, and Tafarell, who were runners-up in the Olympiad in Korea, a medal that Brazil had won in 1984 in Southern California. In the second half of the 1990s, Argentina was second and Brazil, with its global star Ronaldo, third, respectively. In the following century, Ivan Zamorano — one of South America’s finest footballers– and his fellow sportsmen helped Chile to win its only medal in the Games in Oceania. Then, Argentina won two consecutive titles; by 2008 the Argentine side led Latin America to its fourth Olympic gold medal in Beijing. Aside from this, Paraguay’s football players earned the silver medal in the 2004 Modern Olympics in Greece’s capital city of Athens. At London 2012, South America is represented by Uruguay and Brazil.

The national squad won the right to attend the London 2012 Games after finishing second in the South American Youth Championship in early 2011 on Peruvian soil. During the regional tournament, Uruguay’s contingent made history when it defeated Argentina -twice Olympic gold medalist, 2004 & 2008 — 1-0. The Uruguayan Olympic Committee probably will send the following footballers to London 2012: Diego Polenta (who plays in Italy), Adrian Luna, Matias Vecino, Diego Forlan (the country’s best athlete in this century), Federico Rodriguez, Pablo Capellini, Matias Jones, Ramon Arias, Nicolas Prieto, Camilo Mayada, Leandro Cabrera (plays in Spain), Luis Machado, Luis Suarez ( one of the world’s top players), Alvaro Pereira, and Sebastian Gallegos (plays in Spain).

Quick by a show of hands how many of you ever heard of Dick Leftridge before today? I have to confess I too never heard of Mr. Leftridge until recently, when I was contacted by his son Jack Richard Leftridge Jr. The younger namesake is on a quest to have his father’s name and accomplishments remembered and properly acknowledged in the history books. The timing of this movement could not have come at a better time in lieu of the highly anticipated release of the Disney movie “The Express” due to open in theaters. The Express is based on the life of the late Syracuse great Ernie Davis who was the first African-American football player to win the Heisman (1961).

Like Mr. Davis all accounts point to the fact that Dick Leftridge was a pioneer in his own right, according to my research and a synopsis received from his son, Dick Leftridge was the first African-American to receive a football scholarship to play for a major college in the south, after he signed with West Virginia University in 1962, which at the time played in the Southern conference, below the Mason Dixon line. The recruitment and signing of Dick Leftridge accompanied by the subsequent signing of another black player Roger Alford represented a shift in the culture at the university. According to Richard Leftridge Jr., WVU was not his father’s first choice despite being a hometown product (Hinton, WV), he wanted to attend Ohio State to play for the legendary Woody Hayes; however the elder Leftridge bowed to the pressure he received from boosters to local politicians all of whom wanted him to stay home and play at WVU. According to the document even the local chapter of the NAACP encouraged Leftridge to attend the local university and be the one who broke the color barrier at WVU. Dick Leftridge played for WVU from 1963-1965 during that time he put up some impressive stats he was the leading ground gainer and scorer each of his three years at WVU, in 1965 he was named Amateur Athlete of the year by the West Virginia Sports writer Association. Dick Leftridge was the first African-American to play for the south team in the North-South Shrine game in 1965, he was also the first African-American named to the University of Pittsburgh All-Opponent team, and Dick Leftridge was also the first African-American voted to the second teams all south conference.

A few of you older Pittsburgh Steelers fans may remember Dick Leftridge as the team’s first round pick in 1966 he was chosen third overall that year, he was also a fourth round selection of the AFL’s Miami Dolphins that same year. Unfortunately Dick Leftridge only played one unspectacular season for the Steelers and many fans and media personnel labeled him a bust. This is where the story gets interesting; there are varied accounts as to why an athlete with so much promise lasted only one season in the NFL? Depending on whose version you believe some say Dick Leftridge, simply didn’t have the desire and discipline to make it, there are stories that say he simply “ate” his way out of the league by putting on too much weight to be effective as an elite running back, according to one article on Mr. Leftridge written in the Hinton Daily News (7/19/66), the Steelers had a weight clause put in his contract, the fine print read that every pound over 230 he brought to camp would carry a $50 fine, however in an interview with a reporter of the Charleston Daily News (9/26/85) Mr.Leftridge gave a different account of the events, he is quoted as saying the “Steelers put in the papers that I weighed 300 pounds when I reported. Everybody believed that and they still do. I admit I was lazy sometimes, but I wasn’t fat. I weighed 242 pounds when I reported; Hell all I know is how to play football. That’s all I’ve ever done. I was just a poor boy from Hinton (WV). How could people think I’d throw away a chance to make a million dollars? I’d never turn my back on that”.

Controversy seemed to follow Leftridge from WVU through his short pro career he was dismissed from school in the middle of the semester of his senior year a few days after he played his last collegiate game and his eligibility was done, in 1976 he would return to school to complete his degree. The younger Leftridge is also quick to point out that his dad was no saint; he wrestled with his own demons once his football career finally ended. He shared details of his father’s checkered past this included time spent in Detroit working in the automotive industry, and making questionable decisions to get involved in the drug game as a dealer both in Detroit and upon his return to his hometown, as a result of being on the wrong side of the law, Mr. Leftridge was sentenced to a five year stint in federal prison (1987). According to his son while the elder Leftridge sat in prison there were a number of alleged verbal, mental and physical harassment of the family on the streets and places of employment.

He also shared stories of his frustration in getting his dad’s story told and published. “I’ve contacted a lot of people, especially the African-American celebrities I see and hear in the media and received little to no interest, I’m not sure if the story is too controversial or what? He’s also faced an uphill battle in getting WVU to properly acknowledge his father’s achievements and historic significance for the Mountaineers. According to Richard JR. the school didn’t really acknowledge his accomplishments until his death and even then the school just published a short blurb, to this day he still has not been inducted into their Hall of Fame. Now the critics will argue that being inducted should not be based on race as a criteria for selection, and you should be judged strictly on athletic achievements , on the flip side supporters can point out his stats and some of his awards (mentioned earlier) and in this case his being the first African-American player at WVU, during a time of tumultuous unrest (Civil Rights Era) in this country’s history, should be taken into consideration alongside his on field performance, he was and still is the schools highest ever NFL draft pick. Does Dick Leftridge deserve to be inducted in the WVU Hall of fame? I’ll let you decide. In my humble opinion I think the story of Dick Leftridge is one of intrigue, mystique and historical importance and one that needs further exploration, if any of you would like to assist the younger Leftridge on his journey to promote his dads story (he can be reached at jrljr63@yahoo.com), he would be very gracious, he is not seeking fame and fortune from this story, just a chance to share the legacy of a forgotten Pioneer.

Soccer uniform transformed from Victorian knickerbockers which were fastened tightly under the knee, overlapping stockings and heavy boots to jerseys and long shorts. This changed was due to social attitude transformation over time.

After world war II, the dramatic change in soccer uniform became relevant specifically in Italy and Hungary which eventually spread all over Europe then the whole world. Shorts actually even became short and top clothing became lighter.

The fabric also changed from stocky wool and cotton to synthetic fibers like nylon as well as acrylic which was a product of the industrial revolution. Soccer jersey and shorts were made mostly on these materials even nowadays.

If you search the internet, you will find how variety of soccer jerseys have grown to countless design and materials. Even you can find original ones to fake imitations from China or some other places where mass production seems to be the key of its popularity.

A soccer jersey can be seen and bought just about anywhere there are sporting garments Even in the flea market of India or Burma, you will be able to find one at a whim. The availability of these garments seems to be endless nowadays and at times you don’t even know the difference from the original with a fake one.

Of course a soccer jersey which was worn by a soccer star will be difficult to find but as with anything nowadays, the internet is a good source for anything impossible to find whether its an antique or a vintage soccer jersey.

Of course vintage garments usually are auctioned and can only be bought by fanatics or collectors who in turn can make money from other fanatics. Some are too crazy over something like a soccer jersey even to the point buying an unwashed jersey.

But then some just wanted a simple soccer jersey just so they have a uniform for their local school soccer team. Most of the times, they make their own design and create their own logos. Perhaps from the time soccer was uniformed in terms of garments up to the present, countless designs have been made.

The teams who have won international level competitions are the one who have institutionalized the classic soccer jersey. Most of all, the one who are considered vintage are the soccer jerseys worn by the most popular soccer stars.

You search the internet for vintage soccer jerseys and you will find listing of all popular jerseys either according to teams or some would have individual listings. The older and more popular the soccer player is, the more expensive the garment become.

You can also find imitations available online. These are usually cheap and were produced en masse by some garment factory. Perhaps this is alright as everyone may have the opportunity to wear a soccer jersey even if it is fake.

A good pair of soccer cleats keeps your feet feeling cozy and nice, offers you the right strikes and makes it possible for you to run around in the field during play. Good care for them ensures that they last you a long time serving you diligently. Whereas it is not advisable that you stick with only one pair because then it means faster wear and tear, at some point your favorite pair will still call for replacement.

The conditions of your soccer cleats can determine functionality wearing and playing. It helps to ensure that they remain in good shape and as a player and the wearer you would need to know when it is time to replace your good pair. Here are some of the top signs that you should consider making a replacement for keeping the pleasant experience going.

They look so much better when dirty. This could be because the uppers are worn out so bad that dirt helps in covering them up than a thorough clean does. If you find them looking better when they are dirty, then it should be time to make a replacement.

You can hardly tell the brand. Soccer cleats come branded so it is easy to distinguish between brands. If at some point it becomes hard to even tell what brand symbol or name is on them, you have used them too long and they are pleading for a rest.

They have become all crackly. Crackling noises, especially when you bend the forefoot means the leather has probably dried out under the years of use and is no longer the highest quality material you purchased. Even if you have been careful with how you wash and dry them, at some point the material will give and lose quality and it should be time to make the necessary replacement.

You find more protection from socks than the soccer cleats. The inners may be so worn out that they hardly offer the protection needed during play. The same could happen for the sole and the uppers, making them quite uncomfortable that you end up enjoying more protection from the socks. Without proper protection you may find your heels hurting and other parts of the legs and once this starts happening you should check the condition and do what needs to be done.

Repairs fail to do the trick. Sometimes all your pair may need are a few repairs and they are back to normal. However, if after repairs they lose their appeal, comfort and functionality, head to the stores and find yourself a new pair.

You can’t remember their price. This is probably because you bought your soccer cleats so long ago that you have forgotten the details that once were important to you. If you can’t seem to remember much about the purchase, then you have used them long enough and a replacement may be the next big thing you can do. They may be a favorite, but a change once in a while is definitely worth it.

The search for the right kind of shoe for a specific sport can be daunting. Market nowadays is flooded with many options to choose from, but sadly not many of us really know much about buying the right type of shorts shoes.

While every activity demands a specific kind of footwear, above looks and designs, there are few basic ground rules that stay the same and should be adhered to, for the perfect fit.

Here is a list of such rules that apply to both women’s and men’s sports shoes and can make choosing the right one for you easier:

Know your profile

What is the sport that you need the shoe for?

Even if you are looking for a pair for walking or running, it is important to know that even these two activities are different and demand specific shoes.

Be specific with your needs like the sport, ground used for it, body type, etc., when you start hunting for sports shoes for men or women online, or at a brick and mortar store.

Identify your style

Know how you move. Determine how you first come in contact with the ground, especially if you are looking for a sport shoe for walking or running.

Is it the outside of the heel or inside of the forefoot?

Your shoe must have the appropriate cushion to support your movements at every step and avoid injuries.

Know your arch

Do you roll to the inside of the foot, or roll to the outside of the foot, or remain neutral when you run?

The shape of your arch will help you understand the kind of stability your shoe must give. An easy way to know the arch of your foot is to take the “wet test.”

Test 360 degrees

Shoe fitting is more than whether the upper part is wide and long enough. The shoe should not squeeze your foot, and most importantly, all the bones should be sitting on the base of the shoe.

There also must be enough space in the toe box when you stand.

Shop as late as possible

Feet swell during the day and are at their largest in the evening. Buying them in the evening will help you get the most comfortable fit.

If you have bought a pair online, try them out in the evening before making the final decision.

Get measured each time

The size and shape of our feet changes over time as we age. Getting them measured every time is therefore essential for a comfortable fit.

Last but not the least, wear the right sock.

More than fashion, a pair of sports shoes need your attention towards such minute details. Once you have narrowed down the type of shoe you require, you can then choose from the several options available in terms of colors and designs.

Arsenal Football Club or Arsenal FC is a Professional English football club which plays in the English Premier League A division. This London club joined the first ever club from the South of England in 1893. Furthermore, since enrolling the First Division in 1904, they have gained the second most points. The club is regarded as one of the most successful clubs in Football.

So These are 5 Amazing Facts you probably didn’t know about Arsenal FC.

  1. The club was not intentionally founded to play Football
    The Arsenal FC club was originally for the purpose of mourning the 1886th victim of the Satanic cult. The club,in fact, was originally founded by a secret society. However, the official statement of the club was announced not before 1886.
  2. The haunting Stadium
    Before the division of the continents in ancient times, it is believed that the North London was the homeland to the earliest Aboriginal Americans. Also, there have been a lot of dead bodies of the Ancient Indians buried below the stadium ground.
  3. Bin Laden was a Die Hard Gunner
    It would surprise you hearing the fact that Bin Laden, the founder of Al-Qaeda group, was actually a regular season holder of Arsenal FC. It is also believed that he had attended the several major games of Arsenal. After the revelation of this unknown fact, the club finally decided to ban Bin Laden from attending the Highbury Stadium which was the previous official stadium of Arsenal Football Club.
  4. The golden Premier League Trophy
    The 2003-2004 premier league season is probably the life-memorably season for the whole football fans around the world. Arsenal successfully managed to win the Premier League title without losing a single match in 38 games played. Arsenal FC, however, grabbed the record of a record of 26 wins and 12 draws. The club was handed the only Golden Premier League trophy by the FA. Till date, not a single English Football Club has beaten this record. The club’s longest undefeated run was 49 games until the controversial penalty of Ruud van Nistelrooy ended the record. Since then, there has been a great rivalry between these two clubs.
  5. The one and only English Team that hasn’t been Relegated
    Arsenal Football club was finally promoted to the first division in 1919. Since then, the club has never got relegated. Probably there will be the only team in the history of Premier League not to downgrade its position. The team has been in the top flight English football since 1919-1920.

So these are the best 5 Facts about Arsenal FC.

Another mind-blowing fact is the current stadium, Emirates Stadium, is the second largest stadium in England after Old Trafford of Manchester Untied. This stadium has a total capacity of 60,432 while Old Trafford, The Manchester United Stadium, has little more with the total capacity of 75,635.

Last night saw yet another epic El Classico where Lionel Messi and Cristano Ronaldo continued their ongoing battle for World supremacy. Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a spectacular 2-2 draw with Ronaldo and his arch nemesis Messi scoring all of the goals. These two players are taking the art of a footballer to whole new levels, but whilst there is no denying that they are the stand-out talents of their generation, and perhaps of all-time, the ongoing question is ‘who of the two is the greatest?’ Whilst there is no definitive correct answer to this, the widely held view over recent years has been that Messi is the King and Ronaldo the very talented Prince. However, the gap between the magical Argentinean and the Portuguese adonis appears to be closing, with some feeling that Ronaldo now deserves the crown of ‘World’s Best Player’.

Despite often playing just behind the main striker, Messi seems to be able to score from anywhere and everywhere. Last season, at the age of only 24, he became Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer. In addition to that he also broke the 39 year old record which was set my German super striker Gerd Muller for most goals in a single European season. Amazingly, Ronaldo has managed a similar record to Messi and their overall ‘goals to games’ ratio since 2009 is almost identical. Despite starting his career as a winger, Ronaldo’s ‘eye for goal’ became apparent under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. His trademark ‘dipping’ free-kicks and solo goals prompted Real Madrid to break the World transfer record to bring the Old Trafford hero to the Bernabeu. Just as Messi can often be found collecting the ball in his own half, Ronaldo often drifts back in search of possession, and is also found in wide positions tormenting the opposing left and right backs. Given the fact that neither player is what is referred to as a ‘goal poacher’ makes their records even more unbelievable.

With regard to awards, both team based and personal, Messi is the clear winner at present. He has won the Ballon d’Or three years running (much to the obvious dismay of Ronaldo!), and his La Liga and Champions League silverware outweigh Ronaldo’s.

In conclusion it is evident that both Lionel Messi and Cristano Ronaldo are head and shoulders above any other current players in World football and there are no signs of this changing any time soon. Given their relatively young ages there is every possibility that they will go down as the two greatest players in the history of the sport. For all the achievements of Pele, Maradona, Eusebio etc, there is already a case to be made that Messi and Ronaldo have matched and surpassed them all. The fact that two such players are present in the same era, playing in the same league and at almost the same ages makes the comparison slightly easier, so here goes…

Lionel Messi is currently the ‘World Greatest Footballer’ with Cristano Ronaldo an extremely close second. The fact that Lionel Messi has been officially awarded this title three years running with the Ballon d’Or adds weight to the argument. That along with minor points such as his superior assists record, the fact that he has consistently made more appearances than Ronaldo and that his all-round team-play is slightly better just edges it for the Argentinean genius at present. In Ronaldo’s defence he is the faster / stronger physical specimen, has better heading ability and does not have a Xavi or Iniesta to link up with, but this just doesn’t quite level it – for now!!!